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Isaiah 9:7-21

7Of the increase of his government and of peace

there will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

to establish it and to uphold it

with justice and with righteousness

from this time forth and forevermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Judgment on Arrogance and Oppression

8The Lord has sent a word against Jacob,

and it will fall on Israel;

9and all the people will know,

Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,

who say in pride and in arrogance of heart:

10“The bricks have fallen,

but we will build with dressed stones;

the sycamores have been cut down,

but we will put cedars in their place.”

11But the Lord raises the adversaries of Rezin against him,

and stirs up his enemies.

12The Syrians on the east and the Philistines on the west

devour Israel with open mouth.

For all this his anger has not turned away,

and his hand is stretched out still.

13The people did not turn to him who struck them,

nor inquire of the Lord of hosts.

14So the Lord cut off from Israel head and tail,

palm branch and reed in one day—

15the elder and honored man is the head,

and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail;

16for those who guide this people have been leading them astray,

and those who are guided by them are swallowed up.

17Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over their young men,

and has no compassion on their fatherless and widows;

for everyone is godless and an evildoer,

and every mouth speaks folly.5

For all this his anger has not turned away,

and his hand is stretched out still.

18For wickedness burns like a fire;

it consumes briers and thorns;

it kindles the thickets of the forest,

and they roll upward in a column of smoke.

19Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts

the land is scorched,

and the people are like fuel for the fire;

no one spares another.

20They slice meat on the right, but are still hungry,

and they devour on the left, but are not satisfied;

each devours the flesh of his own arm,

21Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim devours Manasseh;

together they are against Judah.

For all this his anger has not turned away,

and his hand is stretched out still.

Footnotes

  • 5 9:17 Or speaks disgraceful things

Isaiah 10:1-4

1Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees,

and the writers who keep writing oppression,

2to turn aside the needy from justice

and to rob the poor of my people of their right,

that widows may be their spoil,

and that they may make the fatherless their prey!

3What will you do on the day of punishment,

in the ruin that will come from afar?

To whom will you flee for help,

and where will you leave your wealth?

4Nothing remains but to crouch among the prisoners

or fall among the slain.

For all this his anger has not turned away,

and his hand is stretched out still.